RMT Safe Trains For All – Save the Guard


RMT Campaign to Keep the Guard

Unite Community Leeds & Wakefield Branch pledges our support and respect to RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport Union), RMT members and their endeavours to keep Trains and Transport safe and secure, for all customers, staff and Govia Thameslink Railway train operating company (GTR).

As Trade Unionists, one of our aims is to support: workers, and their concerns, all health and safety aspects, workplace conditions and positive workplace relationships between all staff.   The safety of passengers and RMT workers is critically important particularly considering the potential risks associated with Train travel.

Unite Community Leeds & Wakefield Branch endorses RMTs endeavours to protect the On-Board Supervisor in the interest of sustaining essential services and their proposal of an Accessibility Guarantee to protect and deliver high levels of customer service in accordance with the Govia Thameslink Railway train operating company (GTR) objectives.

The presence of a Second Safety Critical Member of Staff to provide assistance to passengers, in case of accidents, incidents, or travelling alone at night in virtually empty Carriages, will provide reassurance to passengers.


An On-Board Supervisor on board every Train is essential to guarantee safety, security, access to everyone including, people with disabilities, the elderly and vulnerable and to assist with information if connections are missed due to delays.

GTR amassed annual profits of nearly £100 million in 2016, plenty to guarantee the best possible standards for passengers and workers. Reducing staff numbers by removing the Second Safety Critical Member of Staff will downgrade standards, reduce accessibility to passengers and compromise safety.

We urge GTR to provide Quality Standards of Services passengers are entitled to expect and in accordance with their objectives, and to consider their obligations and moral responsibility to ensure the Duty of Care their Passengers and Staff deserve.

Unite Community Leeds & Wakefield Branch request GTR to continue with collective negotiation to resolve this important dispute as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely in Solidarity

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Northern Rail want to remove your Guard from the train.
Sign the petition here.
Write to your MP and ask them to Support the RMT Guard Guarantee.
Write to your Councillor Model Letter at this link
RMT Campaign to Keep the Guard


‘ Online Privacy & Security Workshop’

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Event details: Wednesday 12th July, 6.30pm The Regent’ Room The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Lower Briggate, Leeds.

The Workshop is FREE and will start at 6.30PM ending at around 8.30PM.

Please arrive from 6.15PM onwards so you can get a seat and setup your laptop etc.

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Did you know that at the end of 2016 you lost your right to online privacy?

In passing the Investigatory Powers Act (aka Snoopers Charter) the UK now has the most extreme surveillance regime of any western democracy.

Our communications can now be monitored and analysed, our location tracked, the apps we use and websites we visit stored for up to 12 months; regardless of whether we are suspected of a crime.

Through our internet connection records, a detailed picture of our lives can now be requested by up to 48 public bodies, including even the Food Standards Agency, through a process of self-authorisation.

This meta data can reveal many things – when we are awake, where we are, who we know, our sexuality, religion, political leanings, causes we support, mental and physical health concerns, addictions, who we bank with, the list goes on…

The erosion of our privacy will create a chilling effect that will lead to self-censorship and stifle free expression at the expense of our democracy.

All of this information will be stored by your ISP or mobile provider, making them a prime target for hackers. Remember the recent TalkTalk hack?

In addition, the power to force communication service providers to insert backdoors into their products and services undermines online security for everyone.

So what can you do?

Come along to our privacy workshop and learn how to protect yourself from mass surveillance and online crime.

This workshop is aimed at beginners, no prior knowledge or advanced technical skills are required.

Just bring along yourself and the device(s) you would like to protect, i.e. smartphone and laptop, as you will have the option to follow along with the tutorials.

Bringing a device isn’t strictly necessary however, if you would prefer to just take notes.

The workshop will include the following;

– Why digital rights and privacy matter and what the recent General Election results mean for these.

– How to assess your threat model.

– How to install and use tools such as Signal, VPN and secure email.

– How to manage your passwords, encryption keys and use two-factor authentication.

– How to secure your browsing environment.

– How to recognise and avoid common attacks like phishing and malware.

By the end of the workshop you will possess the basic knowledge and skills to keep yourself safe online.

Most importantly you will be able to pass this knowledge on, helping to protect your family and friends too.

If you are bringing along a device, please ensure that it has sufficient charge for the duration of the session as we can’t guarantee a spare power socket. Free WiFi is provided.

If you would rather confirm your attendance via email please contact: leeds [at] openrightsgroup [dot] org (replacing [at] and [dot] with the correct characters).

Durham Miners’ Gala

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Saturday 8th July

Durham Miners’ Gala website has been established to publicise the activities of the Durham Miners’ Association and in particular to raise material support for the Durham Miners’ Gala which continues to grow year on year.

In the coming weeks and months we aim to build our website so that it truly reflects the rich heritage of the Durham Coalfield, not just as an interest in the past but as a guide to the present and future struggle of working class people.

Durham Miners’ Gala hope you enjoy the experience, visit regularly and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

And please help secure the future of the Big Meeting by joining the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala today.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to address the Big Meeting 
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We are proud to announce that Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party will address this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala on Saturday, 8th July. 

Jeremy has spoken at the Gala on numerous occasions over the years as a backbench MP, a Labour leadership candidate and as Labour Leader. This summer we hope he will address the Gala as Labour Prime Minister.

The Durham Miners’ Association are strong supporters of Jeremy’s leadership of the Labour Party and we believe that the general election manifesto is the best in generations. We particularly welcome the manifesto commitments to return transport and utilities to public ownership, introduce a real Living Wage, scrap the inhumane Work Capability Assessment, restore proper funding for our NHS, ban zero-hours contracts, hold inquiries into the events at Orgreave and blacklisting and scrap the Tory Trade Union Act.

Jeremy has described the Big Meeting as “simply the greatest demonstration of working class culture in Britain” and we are very pleased that once again he has accepted our invitation to speak.

Alan Cummings

Secretary, Durham Miners’ Association


JEREMY CORBYN to speak at NotOneDayMore #ToriesOut demo

Peoples Assembly is pleased Jeremy Corbyn is speaking at our NotOneDayMore #ToriesOut – National Demonstration
Sat 1 July, Assemble 12pm, BBC Broadcasting House – March to Parliament.

The Tory/DUP coalition can’t last, they represent some of the most reactionary elements of British and Irish politics, are committed to austerity and defending their privilege at the expense of the many. The Tories actually CHEERED when they successfully voted against a pay rise for our hard-working and brave emergency services. We Say, Not One Day More.
Jeremy Corbyn will join a fantastic line up of political speakers from the Labour Party, the Green Party and many more campaigns and trade unions, along with an amazing line up of performers and artists.

Speakers include (more tba):
Representatives from the Labour Party front bench include, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Diane Abbott MP, John McDonnell MP, Siân Berry from the Green Party, from the Trade Unions, Len McCluskey (Unite), Mark Serwotka (PCS), Frances O’Grady (TUC), Dave Prentis (UNISON), Matt Wrack (FBU) and more… Other speakers include Owen Jones (journalist), Dr Aislinn Docherty (Health Campaigner), Jacqueline Berry (Nurse and Health campaigner), along with representatives from many other campaigns including, The People’s Assembly, Momentum, Stop the War Coalition, Stand Up to Racism, Fast food Workers campaigns, and more… 
Performers include (more tba):
Shy FX, Wolf Alice, Peace, Captain Ska, Sink the Pink, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and more…
It’s still not too late to volunteer!
We need hundreds of people to help us make sure the day runs smoothly. We rely entirely on our supporters to volunteer as stewards. We’ll have a stewards briefing in the morning of the demonstration at 10am at the assembly point – no prior experience or training needed. If you’re up for joining our team for the day please email office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk 

You can find all the info you need about the march here, and you can take a look at the march route here:

 See you there!

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Not One Day More National #ToriesOUT Demonstration LONDON


Not One Day More National #ToriesOUT Demonstration LONDON
Sat 1 July 2017
07:00 – 22:00 BST
Leeds TUC transport
Leeds TUC
£5.90 – £11.21


The Coach will leave at 7am from West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square Leeds, LS2 7UP and return for approx 10.00 pm.

We will arrive in London around 12.00pm and depart 5pm (meet at Tate Britain Millbank ,Westminster, London SW1P 4RG 4.45pm).

The Election result represents a rejection of Tory policies. They no they have no mandate; already the Government has suggested they may have to ease their austerity plans because of huge opposition. We need to make sure the full force of that opposition is felt. If we continue to mobilise in huge numbers we can deepen the crisis for the Conservatives and force big concessions on the NHS, education, housing and jobs. There is already talk of another General Election in the next few months which would likely see the Tories loose further support and be unable to form a Government.

Protests have sprung up across the country and there are many more planned in the next few days, we’re supporting all actions and events against Theresa May’s attempt at forming a Government.

On Saturday 1 July we want to invite everyone – from campaigns and community groups all over the country, from the trade unions, from political parties, and any individual – to come together in one massive show of strength. We’re marching against another 5 years of a Tory Government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation. And we’re marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all. Join us, bring your friends and spread the word.

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People Power Change – Building a Better World

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In a mere 5 days, on Wednesday 21st June, 38 Degrees is coming to Leeds for an event all about building a better world. There’ll be exciting conversations and performances designed to empower each other to make the changes we want to see. It’ll be your chance to discuss the future of politics & community with your neighbours and hear more about what goes on at 38 Degrees.

Wednesday 21st June Doors open 6.30pm, and the event runs 7-9pm Left Bank, Cardigan Road, Leeds, LS6 1LJ

Come along to meet some likeminded supporters from Leeds. The tickets are only £3.50 and include a complimentary drink.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect:

  • Get a taste of how the “Flatpack Democracy” story is taking local politics by storm
  • Work together to explore what sort of changes do we want?
  • A behind-the-scenes talk on the workings and wins of 38 Degrees and Campaigns by You – where any 38 Degrees member can start their own campaign
  • Uplifting poetry performances from Rose Condo, via Apples & Snakes collective

Will you join us on the 21st of June?

Spaces are limited, so if you’d like to come please book your place now:

Hope to see you next week!
James, Peter, Laura and the 38 Degrees team
PS: If you would like to volunteer at the event please email peter.b@38degrees.org.uk

People Power Change